Heads' Retreat

Heads' Retreat
Leading Strategic Innovation
Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast
June 12-14, 2017


Tim Fish, Chief Innovation Officer, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Tim Fish, the first NAIS Chief Innovation Officer, has deep roots in the independent school community. Most recently, he was McDonogh School's associate headmaster. During his time at McDonogh, he was also the interim CFO and oversaw the K-12 admissions and financial aid process, the academic program, facility development, faculty development, technology, diversity, and strategic planning. In addition, Fish was the founding president and CEO of the FolioCollaborative, a nonprofit community of more than 125 schools around the world focused on working together to build a flexible faculty/staff development process that is grounded in strong relationships and meaningful conversations.
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Jefferson G. Burnett, Senior Vice President, Education Innovation
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Jefferson Burnett serves on NAIS’s innovation team, which provides thought leadership and solutions on re-imagining independent school learning, teaching, and financial models. In addition, he oversees NAIS’s environmental sustainability and global education-international student work. Jefferson presents and writes on these and related topics. He represents NAIS on its Commission on Accreditation and ISAnet, which is comprised of the organization’s member associations, and engages in strategic outreach to education partners. Read more

Put Your Pack on…Moving Strategic Innovation Forward in Your School
Innovation is all the rage in our schools. However, what does strategic whole-school innovation actually look like? What needs to be in place for it to succeed? What risks are involved and how do schools adapt to better support failure and rapid iteration? This hands-on session will provide an overview of the Magnetic Mountain, NAIS’s innovation framework, and will deconstruct examples of strategic innovation from several schools. Participants will leave with a lens for examining innovation in their schools and the essential tools they need to move the process forward.

Justin Reich, Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher; Executive Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the Teaching Systems Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He was previously the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, where he led the initiative to study large-scale open online learning through the HarvardX Initiative, and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read more

Launching Innovation in Schools
The most important role of school leadership is creating the conditions for ambitious teaching and learning to thrive. In education, as in many other sectors, innovation in core practices usually arises through iteration rather than through central planning. In this session we'll explore strategies and practices for creating conditions for a thriving culture of innovation in teaching and learning. In particular, we'll examine the crucial role that teacher-leadership plays in instructional improvement, and effective strategies for school leaders to foster teacher leadership. Frameworks and activities in the session come from the free online course from MITx, Launching Innovation in Schools.

Innovation Conversations: Working Together through Ups and Downs
Innovation typically is the result of teamwork. One of the central challenges of education is getting teachers out of their "egg-crate classrooms" and into collaborative structures. One of the core competencies of teams is conversation-- the quality of dialogue among teammates. Most educational institutions have cultural norms around conversational politeness, where educators avoid any topics or discussions that might raise concerns about the quality of someone else's teaching. Without teams, we can't have innovation that goes beyond a single classroom. Without meaningful dialogue, we can't engage in the cycles of experimentation, assessment, reflection and iteration that are essential to innovation. The work of innovation, therefore, depends upon the work of building quality teams that are equipped to have quality conversations. In this workshop, we'll explore strategies for improving the quality of dialogue and collaboration in our organizations in the service of innovation and instructional improvement.

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Feedback from Heads at last year's Retreat: What was the most valuable aspect?

Perfect mix of presentations and social time.

~ David Farace, The Bolles School

Presenters were fabulous – great to gather and catch up with one’s colleagues.

~ John Davies, Miami Country Day School

I am so grateful for FCIS – a tremendous resource for Heads.

~ Lori Menger, San Jose Episcopal School

This, as always, was more than worthwhile – great energy, knowledge and inspirational booster!

~ Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

Hammock Beach Resort is located at:
200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Registration Cost:
Head $735
Spouse $420

Hotel Room: $199
(plus resort fee and applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room. To make a reservation, use the passkey: Hammock Beach Resort Reservations, or call (866) 841-0287. Make sure to ask for the FCIS group rate. Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at this group rate.

Registration and Hotel Deadline: May 12, 2017
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made by this date.

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to kdanger@fcis.org. There is a $50 processing fee through Friday, May 5, 2017, with no refunds after this date.

Golf: $115
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The Conservatory Course
To make a tee time, call (386) 246-6710.

Please contact Alison Carlson at acarlson@fcis.org.

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